O’seas can’t get enough ‘Chocolate’

Pic grosses $10.2 mil at 3,200 playdates in 52 countries

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” solidifying its status as a success in every major market, won the foreign box office crown for the fourth straight weekend with $10.2 million at 3,200 playdates in 52 countries.

The family fave dominated an otherwise moderate offshore frame as it grossed slightly more than double a trio of rivals aimed mostly at adult audiences — UIP’s “40-Year-Old Virgin,” Sony’s “Bewitched” and BVI’s “Cinderella Man.”

“Charlie” performed best in Japan, where it’s led for four straight frames, with $3.1 million at 360 engagements to top the launches of “Sin City” and local title “Simishigure” and push its Japanese cume to $28.7 million. Its Italian soph sesh easily won that market over the launch of “Bewitched”; in Italy, “Charlie took in $2.4 million at 428, declining just 11%.

“Charlie” has minted $219 million in foreign grosses and $423 million worldwide.

“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” showed moderate offshore traction with $5 million at 1,482 screens in 13 territories led by a German launch with $1.8 million at 543. “Virgin” opened with victories in Austria with $300,000 at 79 and Israel with $150,000 at 30 while finishing third in Mexico with $475,000 at 193.

Steve Carell comedy, a Stateside success with $101.4 million, has cumed $17.5 million overseas with $12.3 million of that coming from six weeks in the U.K.

Overall biz was typically mild for the midautumn frame, with the top two pics combining for $15.2 million. Same frame of 2004 saw similar results, with “Collateral” on top at $8.7 million, followed by “The Village” at $8 million.

“Bewitched” conjured up a lukewarm $4.8 million at 2,635 playdates in 43 markets for a foreign cume of $57.1 million, only $5 million short of its domestic take. Its Italian launch of $1.5 million at 306 was on par with “Something’s Got to Give”; Brazilian opening of $675,000 at 200 finished second behind the seventh weekend of Sony’s local hit “Two Brothers of Francisco.”

“Cinderella Man” maintained its modest offshore performance with $4.5 million at 3,044 engagements in 34 markets, pushing the four-week foreign cume to a so-so $35 million. The Russell Crowe starrer finished near first in his Australian homeland with $950,000 at 245 after a limited release in the previous frame; its fourth frame in Spain was off 42% to $265,000.

UIP’s “Pride and Prejudice” stayed atop the Brit box office for the third straight weekend, declining just 21% to $2.7 million for a $17.1 million Blighty cume. The Keira Knightley vehicle has totaled $600,000 in 11 days in the Netherlands and finished third in its opening in German Switzerland with $222,000 at 32.

BVI soared impressively by launching domestic leader “Flightplan” in Mexico with $2.1 million at 350 sites — four times the take of the No. 2 film, BVI’s third frame of “Sky High,” and the biggest Jodie Foster opener ever for that market.

BVI scored a second place in the U.K. with the launch of soccer drama “Goal!” with $1.5 million at 325 sites as it tied UIP’s opening of “Four Brothers.” “Goal!” took in another $300,000 from openings in Croatia and Denmark and will launch next weekend in Singapore, Sweden, Turkey and four other markets.

UIP’s third frame of “Wallace & Gromit” finished first in Australia with $1 million — matching the soph sesh — and saw its third New Zealand weekend rise 45% to $175,000. The distrib also debuted sci-fier “Serenity” day and date in sixth with $830,000 at 159 in the hyper-competitive Australian market amid school holidays; the top six pics finished within $200,000 of each other.

Sony’s “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” opened meekly in ninth in the U.K. with $470,000 at 162, but the Taiwanese launch was far more impressive, with a first-place finish of $780,000 at 70 despite the presence of a typhoon. “Deuce” has cumed $14.6 million overseas and $37 million worldwide.

UIP scared up another $2 million with “Red Eye” and $1.2 million with “Land of the Dead” to lift those respective foreign cumes to $25 million and $23.2 million. Distrib’s sturdy “Madagascar” also grossed $2 million to lift the toon’s overseas cume to $325 million.

Warner’s local German co-production of toon “Little Polar Bear 2” debuted decently with $1.4 million at 633 playdates in third, or 70% of the original.

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